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Civil War Soldiers - Clark
|Clark, William T., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born in Norwalk, Conn., June 29, 1831. Entering the
Civil war at its outbreak in 1861, as a private, he was promoted
through the grades to the rank of brevet major-general of volunteers,
which was conferred on him Nov. 24, 1865, for gallant and meritorious
services. Gen. Clark enlisted from Iowa, became 1st lieutenant and
adjutant in the 13th Iowa infantry, Nov. 2, 1861; was promoted captain
and assistant adjutant-general, March 6, 1862; major, Nov. 24, 1862;
lieutenant-colonel, Feb. 10, 1863; and brigadier-general of
volunteers, May 31, 1865. He was brevetted brigadier-general of
volunteers July 22, 1864, for distinguished service at the battle of
Atlanta. Gen. Clark was chief of staff and adjutant-general of the
Army of the Tennessee until the battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864, and
afterwards commanded a brigade and a division. Being honorably
mustered out of the service, Feb. 1, 1866, he engaged in business in
Galveston, Tex., and was a member of Congress from the Galveston
district from 1869 to 1873. While in Congress he secured the first
appropriation of $100,000 for the Galveston harbor, which resulted in
the completion of the jetties, making Galveston one of the most
important ports in the United States. At this writing (1903) Gen.
Clarke is the last surviving adjutant and chief of staff of Grant's
old Army of the Tennessee.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908